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105 Evesboro-Medford Rd, Suite J, Marlton, NJ




  • Private Practice Rooms
  • Large Group Practice Area
  • Ample Free Parking
  • In Marlton off of Greentree Road
  • Convenient to Mt.Laurel & Marlton

SNJMI is a professional music studio offering private music instruction, early childhood music classes, summer programs and music parties. A staff of experienced educators and musicians join director, Francesca Secrest. At SNJMI our instructors understand the differing needs of students and personalize curricula accordingly. Whether seeking fame and fortune, a career in music, or simply pursuing a few hours of fun at home, children and adults at all playing abilities are encouraged at SNJMI.



$36 for half hour
$51 for 45 minutes
*$5 sibling discount

Payment for lessons is paid monthly and is due before the first lesson of the month. Lessons are paid for in advance to secure a spot in a teacher’s schedule for the month. Your payment will be determined based on how many weeks there are in the month. There is a sibling discount of $5 per lesson for the second scheduled lesson per household.


Music Director

Violin, Viola and Flute

Francesca Secrest is the director of MUSIC! and also teaches violin, viola and flute. Francesca has been teaching instrumental music in Southern NJ since 2000. She received both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware, and is currently working towards her D.M.A. from Boston University. While attending the University of Delaware, she performed with UD Marching Band, University Orchestra, and Symphonic band. Francesca has performed at churches, weddings, the Mansion in Voorhees, NJ and is currently playing in a community orchestra. In addition to teaching viola, violin and flute, Francesca is excited to teach Kids' MusicRound classes.

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Trumpet, Guitar & Piano

Alex Bon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Rowan University. He has been teaching and tutoring brass students at all levels for two years. In addition to teaching, Alex has also performed with the Rowan University Wind Ensemble and Trumpet Ensemble. He also played French Horn in the Rowan University Concert Band. Prior to college, Alex was the co-director of music at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where he taught general music at summer camps. He is excited to begin formally teaching students at all levels.

Guitar, Bass Guitar and Piano

Matthew Di Filippo- holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Rowan University. He demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of guitar and piano technique and performance. Matt has taught private students of all ages in Marlton and continues to expand his practice in the Philadelphia area. While attending Rowan, he tutored students for Music Theory-Written/Aural for two years and was a member of Rowan's Concert Band, Men's Choir, and Guitar Ensemble for four years. Matt has performed in professional events and in small venues including the Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Trocadero Theatre and the Crocodile Rock Cafe, PA. As a previous camp counselor, he has created theme days of music for Evesham Township’s Triple-A Summer Camp in which exposes children to singing/movement/ listening activities and presentations on band instruments. Overall, Matt is looking forward to sharing his working knowledge at our studio.

Voice, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukelele & Piano

Christian Simmons -Chris began his musical journey at the age of 8 with piano lessons from his home. He felt the his first urge for continuing his education at the age of 13 when he picked up his first guitar. From there, it was history. In high school, you could find Chris in the choir room singing, up on the stage singing and acting, or in his drummers garage playing with his band. When the time came to decide what he would do with the rest of his life, there was no question in his mind that music was the way to go, and since he already had an extreme passion for education, it seemed clear what he had to do. He began his college career in the fall of 2010 at Rowan University where he studied voice and education. Since he has graduated Chris has joined a community choir, and has expanded his studio so he could get the most experience he can, while influencing as many students as possible to have a rich, and fulfilling relationship with music throughout their lives.

Voice, Guitar and Music Therapy

Jami Smith, MT-BC -is a Board Certified Music Therapist with a Bachelor’s in Music Therapy from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA in 2005. She completed her Music Therapy internship at Bethany Children’s Home in 2006. Jami completed a Master’s in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA in 2013. She has been practicing music therapy since 2006 in various settings. She has worked with populations ranging in age from 3 to older adult with various disabilities and diagnoses including Autism spectrum disorders, emotional disorders, learning disabilities, developmental delays, dementia and mental illness. Jami is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association. She keeps involved in her profession and continues her education to continue to provide quality care.

Kids' MusicRound

Francesca Secrest - Director
Jami Smith - MT-BC